An EPIC location for PIX

I happen to live in such a unique space in downtown Dallas that lends itself GREAT for photography. Southside on Lamar has the best culture and coolest vibe.
Was cool to photograph these EPIC film makers.

When Dabbing Meets Cuteness

When Owen does THIS – my heart MELTS.
Had a BLAST with the entire family at The Canals at Las Colinas.

Owen at The Canals at Las Colinas

From Strangers to Friends

Everywhere I travel, iLOVE to meet strangers.  Florida has been no exception.

This is Uwe from Germany.  He and his wife work at the Wine at The Docks in Tarpon Springs for the past 3 or so years.  They happen to know the owners, and because of that connection they are happily employed at this quaint venue meeting people like myself and many others.

Florida 2015/16

Next, let’s meet Rita of Rita’s Creations, aka The Cotton Lady. She is from Greece and has been in the United States for 50 years.  She opened and started her business here in 2007, and has persevered daily in building her business. She is passionate about upscaling items by enhancing them with cotton material. She is photographed here with the first item she ever “cottoned”, a little lamp shade.

Florida 2015/16

Finally, below is a wonderful lady in Tarpon Springs, who has a GREAT job in advertising. ; )  She gets to sit in this FABULOUS chair and “shout out” about all the specials that Mama’s Greek Cuisine has.  Her AMAZING hat is what drew me to her.

Florida 2015/16

Thanks for stopping by to meet my new friends.  I highly recommend visiting Tarpon Spring, Florida for an introduction to Greek traditions and cultures.  We LOVED it.

A Project of a Lifetime

Over 3 years ago I was inspired by a Detroit-based photographer named Nicholas Nixon.  Nicholas started his project in 1975 by taking a portrait of his wife and her 3 sisters, and carried out the tradition every year.

I started in 2013 by taking a portrait of my 3 nephews.  This is truly a project of a lifetime.  It has been a practice of patience as well.  I am eager to see them change from year to year.  I decided to make it as accurate as possible by taking it every year on Christmas day.

Here is the project to date.

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2013

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2014

Payne Boys Project 2015

2015

Behind the Scenes and Below the Waist

Was recently doing company head shots for a client of mine & ‘THIS guy’ walked up …. he said “It’s just from the waist up, right?!”  Of course MY response was “For YOURS, we need to do a head to toe!” He agreed.  ; )

Seeing him MADE my day – so enjoy a little peek into my world — Behind the Scenes and Below the Waist.  ABP_0806

A Cowboy and his Barn

A Cowboy and his Barn.  Stranger #49.

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Balancing Blue Light

Recently I did a portrait of a doctor in Denton TX and when we arrived to the location I noticed the glass in the hallway (where we wanted to shoot), was tinted slightly blue.
I realized that the color temperature of my strobe was around 5200K (all lighting manufacturers aim for 5200K daylight balance).  I needed to be closer to somewhere around 3200K – 3300K.
So, what I decided to do was gel the strobes to match the the light coming in the window.  I used an 1/8 CTB on the main light as well as the kicker light.  Once I had the colors balanced between my main light and the ambient light, I realized that the main light was being effected by the ambient light.  The next thing I needed to do was to put up a 6×6 scrim to knock down the amount of ambient light coming in (we just taped it to the glass).  To have more control over all the ambient light coming in, we added a black 6×6 over about 1/2 of the other scrim we had already taped up.  Now, the key light for this portrait was looking much more like I wanted it to look.

Finally,we ended up having to use a gobo to flag off some unwanted light that was spilling in on the doctor.  NOTE: the 3rd light we used was just to add more light towards the end of the hallway. Since the lighting towards the information desk was warmer, we didn’t use a gel. Instead, we just used a reflector, pointed the light towards the ceiling and let it add a little more natural looking lighting.  I also used a reflector (next to the doctor) to bounce light back around him.

Texas Health Resources Denton Texas, Production still, www.aggiebrooks.com

By the way, I like to shoot directly to iPad for on-site proofing.
I use CamRanger and also use Shutter Snitch coupled with the Eye-Fi card.  That enabled the doctor to choose his preferred images.

From the entire shoot, THIS was his ‘favorite’ shot.  Photo was taken with my D800 and a 135mm lens.  [ISO 500 | f5.6 | 1/250].
Texas Health Resources, Dr. Shane Ashford, www.aggiebrooks.com
And THIS is how I balanced blue lights.

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the making of …

Here is a follow-up blog about the making of my January 2013 Promo Piece.

[below is the previous blog about going to Strawn Texas]

https://aggiebrooks.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/2013-promo-piece-in-the-making/

 

THIS is my January 2013 Promo Piece.

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Lighting Diagram of The Robinson School House:

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My Nikon D4 settings were: ISO 50, f/2 & 1/160 with a 35mm lens.

Outside was one of my assistants holding the light so that the wind wouldn’t blow it over.  ; )

It was a cold grey day, and I wanted to emulate afternoon light, so I used 2 full CTO (orange) gels on a dynalite (jack rabbit) (at half power out of 400 watts), powered by a Vagabond Mini Lithium.

Inside, I used a medium softbox with a velcro grid to control my main light (dynalite – jack rabbit) (at 1/8th power out of 400 watts) – with another Vagabond Mini Lithium.

Side note:  I often have to use ND filters even though these 400 watt lights can be dialed down to 1/8th power.

We had lunch at Mary’s Cafe and arrived at the school house around 2pm.  A little over an hour later we were done and ready to head back east.

Already planning my NEXT Promo Piece.

Doctors or Lawyers?

I recently shot an assignment for Texas Health Physicians Group – Texas Spine, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation in Denton.

They wanted me to photograph the Doctors & PAs in their library, so after I set everything up and was about ready to shoot, I showed them THIS …

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The Doctors all started laughing and said “Are WE Doctor or Lawyers??!!??”

I had such a GRAND time with this group that I began to think … ‘WHAT could I do to myself so that one of them could be MY Doctor?!?!?’

After much contemplation, I decided that the experience of photographing them was enough for me.  ; )

23 photos over 44 years

In 1968, over the Thanksgiving holidays, Rosemary gathered her family and said let’s go get family pictures taken.

They went to NorthPark Mall and had Olan Mills take their pictures.

So that day, they decided to start a family tradition of taking “family pictures” every ‘other’ year.

On 12.22.12, I had the privileged of being their photographer for #23 out of 44 years.  2 years ago, I was added to their tradition.

I have been so touched by this family’s dedication to a tradition.  WOW.

Rosemary

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We set up at Man Bites Dog Studios and let the fun begin.

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Then we decided on the “awkward” smiles.

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And finally ended up with Darren “dominating” because we had to put him on an apple box to make all the heights work out.

Thankfully his shorts were hidden behind everybody.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon having a blast with this FUN group of people … as YOU might imagine.